At this time, Guo Xuehua came downstairs and was relieved to see them getting along with each other. She paused for a second before sitting next to them on the sofa and extending her arms towards Lanlan, “Lanlan, be a good girl and give granny a hug.”
Lanlan lifted her butt and sat on Guo Xuehua’s thighs. She licked her lips, tasting the last bit of the sausages while asking, “Granny, what are we eating for dinner?”
“You’re such a little foodie. All you care about is food, a normal family wouldn’t be able to raise you,” Guo Xuehua pinched her granddaughter’s nose, “We’re having braised ribs with radish tonight. There’s plenty of ribs.”
Lanlan pouted, “Ribs aren’t good. There are bones, Lanlan only eats meat.”
“We can feed the stray dogs with the leftovers. It’s a good thing.”Guo Xuehua smiled.
Lanlan smiled and nodded hard.
Yang Chen felt at ease to see that his mother was able to play with Lanlan like normal. Just when he was about to go upstairs to shower, Guo Xuehua called him.
“Son, sit down.”
“Mom, is there anything you want to tell me?” Yang Chen mumbled.
Guo Xuehua motioned Minjuan to bring Lanlan away so that she could talk to Yang Chen privately. She looked at him deeply before smiling, “I’ve asked someone to book me an airplane ticket to Beijing, I’ll be leaving tomorrow.”
“Beijing?” Yang Chen was taken aback, and he said with a frown, “Mom, are you worried that I’ll blame you? I don’t think it’s anyone’s fault, you did it because for me, and I understand that.”
Guo Xuehua shook her head, “I know you’re rational and I’m grateful for that. But…I think it’s time for me to go back to Beijing. Your grandfather needs my care and I’ve not stayed with your father for a long time. I haven’t been visiting my own family too…”
Yang Chen had never met his maternal grandparents. He wasn’t interested in them and if they didn’t come over to meet him, he wouldn’t take the initiative either.
Even though Yang Chen felt that she was doing this because of what had happened yesterday, her reasoning was still valid.
“If that’s what you think, I’ve not much to say. It is quite convenient to travel back and forth anyway.” Yang Chen said.
“Your grandfather was right. I’m older than you by one generation and I’m already in my fifties. Even if I can live a long life because of you, I should still spend the rest of my life with my husband…Yang Chen, I’ve decided to leave but I can’t ignore the matter between you and Ruoxi. Even though I feel apologetic towards her, I can’t apologize to her since I’m not the only one to blame for it…but here’s something for her.”
Having said so, Guo Xuehua took out the Fengxiang bracelet and passed it to Yang Chen.
“Give this bracelet to Ruoxi the next time you see her. Tell her that I have returned to Beijing. That I gave this to her and even if she doesn’t want it, I won’t give it to anyone else. She’ll always be my daughter-in-law even if she hates me.” Yang Chen sighed internally, and his heart warmed up at her apologetic smile.
It was the best she could do.
“I understand, I’ll relay your words to her.” Yang Chen said earnestly.
Guo Xuehua smiled happily, “One more thing, your grandfather wants to meet Lanlan and get closer to his great-granddaughter. You two should be fine with it, right? Since Lanlan is already registered as our family member.”
Yang Chen didn’t think it was weird since Yang Gongming wasn’t one to care about blood relations. He was doing this to please Lin Ruoxi and strengthen their family bonds.
“You’ll have to ask Lanlan, but she’ll definitely follow you if you tell her about the good food in Beijing.” Yang Chen chuckled.
Guo Xuehua shook her head helplessly and grabbed his hand, “Don’t disappoint me, I hope that our family will always be complete!”
Yang Chen said nothing else and nodded firmly.
The next day, Guo Xuehua had an early breakfast before leaving for Beijing. Lanlan and Minjuan went with her too.
Even though there were plenty of maids in the Yang clan, Minjuan was much more experienced in taking care of Lanlan.
It wasn’t hard to apply for leave in Lanlan’s kindergarten since Guo Xuehua was pretty influential in most of the cities.
Once they had left, the only ones at home were Yang Chen and Wang Ma.
Yang Chen thought there was no point in cooking at home, so he told Wang Ma to live with her daughter for some time. She could also go to Lin Ruoxi’s mansion in Nanshan and take care of her during the day.
As for himself, Yang Chen didn’t worry as he could eat and sleep wherever he wanted.
During the afternoon, Ma Guifang came over and when she learned that Guo Xuehua had returned to Beijing with Lanlan, she left without saying much.
The next two days felt especially longer for Yang Chen. He had the urge to visit his wife that he didn’t even have the intention to find the other ladies.
It was an odd experience for him.
Back when their relationship was doing well, he kept flirting with the other ladies but now that his wife no longer cared about him, he lost the heart to do so.
Two days passed and it was finally the weekend.
Yang Chen calculated Lin Ruoxi’s usual wakeup schedule before driving over to her residential area. The security guards recorded Yang Chen’s personal information before he was allowed in.
Lin Ruoxi bought a 400 square meter mansion which was located at the waist of Nanshan. Not far from her place was a man made waterfall and a terrace garden, together they made up a beautiful view.
People could move into the nicely renovated mansions immediately which served to make things easy for rich people.
Yang Chen parked his car and walked to Lin Ruoxi’s house. It took some time for Lin Ruoxi’s face to show up at the intercom.
She was still dressed in her pyjamas with unkempt hair and bare face. The dark eye circles beneath her eyes showed that she hadn’t been sleeping well.
Lin Ruoxi cocked her head and stared at the screen for a long time with a dazed expression as if she couldn’t recognize Yang Chen.
After some time, she finally snapped out of it and snorted. A second later, Lin Ruoxi turned off the intercom!
Yang Chen stood in front of the door with a stiff smile. He had been refused entrance.
While scratching his head, Yang Chen took a few steps back and observed the mansion’s layout.
Once he saw the balcony, he jumped onto it with a light bounce.
The balcony was elegantly decorated with some parasols and European styled table sets.
Before he could step into the house, Lin Ruoxi had walked out to the balcony with a cold expression.
Yang Chen brightened up, “Dear, did you come out here to see me? Why did you come out with only pyjamas? It’s cold outside…”
“Leave. I don’t want to see you.” Lin Ruoxi cut him off.
Yang Chen’s face fell, “Hey…hear me out first. It’s been two days; you shouldn’t be angry anymore.”
“Angry? I’m not angry, why would I be? There’s no point in being angry at some people.” Lin Ruoxi sneered.
Judging by her attitude, Yang Chen knew it was impossible to coax her, so he took out the Fengxiang bracelet and walked towards her.
“I don’t care if you’re still mad at me. I want to tell you that mom went back to Beijing with Lanlan and she told me to tell you this. She feels sorry towards you, but she couldn’t apologise to you personally. She told me that she’ll only give this bracelet to you and even if you refuse to wear it, she wouldn’t give it to any other woman.”
Lin Ruoxi cast a complex gaze at the jade bracelet, but she still stayed rooted to the ground.
Yang Chen held her hand gently and pushed the bracelet into her wrist.
Lin Ruoxi’s eyes brimmed with tears but when she snapped out of if, she pulled the bracelet out of her wrist and pushed it back to Yang Chen.
“I don’t want it, take it back. This is for the daughter-in-law of the Yang clan. Our marriage is based on a contract, I don’t want to be a fake daughter-in-law.”
Lin Ruoxi turned around and wiped her eyes. It seemed as if there was no way to change her mind.
Yang Chen’s head was throbbing, “Lin Ruoxi, we’re no longer young, we’re adults as well as parents. I beg of you, please stop being so headstrong. Why are you so stubborn? We’re married and I’ve been thinking about you for the past two days. Can’t you be more considerate? I admit that I’ve misunderstood you, I was wrong for doing that. But you never told me about the things you’ve done, it makes sense for me to have suspicions! Oh, so you’re allowed to hide things from me, and I’m not allowed to suspect you? Let’s be fair, mom already took a step back for you. Can’t you be more open-minded? Contract marriage? F*ck that sh*t, I spent millions on the wedding to marry you. You think my money came magically?!”
Lin Ruoxi whipped her head around with a furious expression, “Are you saying that I should be obedient to you because you spent a lot of money for me? Should I go bankrupt to pay you back?!”
“I…you…you know that’s not what I meant!” Yang Chen was provoked too, “I wouldn’t have suspected you if you had told me everything from the beginning!”
“This isn’t anything new. You guys have always been suspicious of me, the last time it was Li Jianhe and now there’s this. If you really trust me, you wouldn’t have helped outsiders to bully me! Also, if you think I’m insensible and mannerless, why should I stay with you when you’re not satisfied with me?! Wouldn’t it be better for you to find the other ladies if I left you?”
Yang Chen touched his forehead. Anger filled his mind and he raised his voice, “Lin Ruoxi! Why must you compete against me? I’ve tolerated you and accommodated you because I love you, but that doesn’t mean that I’m afraid of you!”
“Love me? Hah…” Lin Ruoxi stared at him with dreary eyes. With a trembling voice, she said, “You said you love me but have you thought about my feelings when I’m with you? Do you know that some things will only cause misery in my life…to me, you’re one of those things.”
Yang Chen stared right into her eyes and proclaimed with a firm voice, “To me, there aren’t a lot of things or people in this world that can make me happy, but you’re one of them.”